Ohnan Town is holding its 8th annual INAKA Illumination event this November 25th and 26th 2017. Come see the spectacular display of over 35,000 hand-arranged LED lights at Ohnan’s famous JR Uzui Station. The event includes locally crafted illumination artwork, illuminated performances and Ohnan’s specialty A-class gourmet food.
For the past 7 years, Uzui village has held INAKA Illumination to revitalize the local community and promote the Ohnan’s only train – the JR Sankosen line. This line first opened in 1930, and from 1975 connected Gotsu City and Miyoshi City, yet due to budgetary issues it will be permanently discontinued March 2018.
Come out and send off the Sankosen line with a bang!
INAKA Illumination first began in 2010 as a way to stimulate the local community and the use of the JR Sankosen local train. At the suggestion of a local LED company, and with the cooperation of a special design company in Osaka, INAKA Illumination was realized and has become a focal point of Ohnan’s fall/winter season.
Uzui Station has 116 steps and stands 20 meters (65 feet) above the ground. It is also known as “the station in the sky.” While only 130 people live in the Uzui area, 60% of whom are senior citizens, approximately 8,000 people attend this event each year. (That’s over 60 times the population of the area.)
INAKA Illumination is completely different from the flashy lights of the city. Here visitors enter a world of illusion and fantasy. Time stops. Thirty-five thousand LED lights are wound into 5,000 gold shining stalks of rice that stretch out across the landscape. Uzui Station’s iron bridge of is afire with vibrant blue. Looking up at the station, it seems to fade seamlessly into the night sky. Scaling the steps and peering down below upon the small village, it’s as if the station itself is nestled among the stars.
The moment that truly draws visitors into the world of imagination is when the Sankosen train pulls into the station. Fans of the manga and anime Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道 999) may recognize the imagery of the train exiting the tunnel and seemingly continuing onward on its journey through the galaxy.
02 A-CLASS GOURMET FOOD
A-Class Gourmet is the farm-to-plate philosophy of using locally grown produce to create delicious dishes, capturing a taste that can only be experienced in Ohnan.
INAKA Illumination hosts food stalls for patrons to try out local cuisine. The following are just a few examples:
・Skewers and bento of Iwami wagyu (High-quality beef, production limited to 200 cows per year)
・Wild boar dishes such as soup and meat buns
・Meals from Ohnan’s Kitchen Car, such as Iwami pork and pasta
・Salted ayu skewers (type of freshwater fish)
・Yakisoba and udon
・Zenzai (sweet red bean soup with mochi)
・Oden (traditional hot soup eaten in the winter)
・Specialty Ohnan cheeses
・Baked sweet potatoes
・Desserts such as grilled manju (sweet red bean bun), crepes, and donuts and soft serve ice cream made with soy milk
・Drinks such as Japanese sake, specialty coffee, café au lait and cider
03 Event Schedule
Date: November 25th and 26th (Sat. and Sun.) 2017
Time: 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: JR Uzui Station [map]
*Please be advised that the use of drones is prohibited.
Use the JR Sankosen local train to get the full “station in the stars” experience.
Parking can be found at Hasumi Middle School [map].
Free shuttle buses are available for transportation to and from the event.
05 More Details of the Event
For more details please check this PDF made by Ohnan Town !
Questions? Please contact at:
Facebook: Ohnan Town (@ohnantown)
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Specifically in western Shimane, referred to as the Iwami region, it is called “Iwami Kagura”. It is very popular for its entertaining features, such as the use of sound and visual effects to engage the audience in the performance.
Have a look at these videos showing how each element comes into life through the hands of professionals and creates the dance for gods all together…
01 Creating Masks from Washi paper
Variety of masks of Iwami Kagura are made of Washi paper and elaborately painted by professionals…
02 Creating Embroidery by hand
The brilliantly stunning costumes are also made by hand one by one…
03 The Soul Music
One of the most remarkable things about Iwami Kagura is that it’s like the soul music for the locals. Everyone, old, young, men and women, enjoy participating in the traditional performance that is held so dear in their hearts…
■ LEARN & DISCOVER MORE about IWAMI KAGURA
■ Watch one of the regular IWAMI KAGURA performance!
Matsue Suitoro (Matsue Water Lantern Festival) is a light-up event taking place in Matsue, where is known as a water city. During the event, hundreds of lanterns are set up in the castle ground of a National Treasure Matsue Castle.
At the night sightseeing boat tour which goes the castle moat (The night operation is only during the period of this event), visitors can enjoy the fantastic and mysterious atmosphere made by lights in the darkness and the reflections in water. Various events, such as music, and arts events also take place mainly in the castle ground.
Venue : Matsue Castle [map] and the surrounding area
Term : September 1st ~ October 31st 2017 (6 pm~9 pm) *Events are held mainly on weekends and public holidays
Main event dates : September 23rd, 24th, 30th October 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th
Horikawa (Castle moat) Night Sightseeing Boat is operated only on the main event dates.
In a town famous for the rich and long history of Japanese tea culture, the Matsue Grand Tea Ceremony takes place annually in the beginning of Oct. The ceremony is known as one of the best three tea ceremony parties in Japan, many people come to enjoy one of the Japanese traditions : tea culture. Even if you are not a fanciers of sado, it is worth visiting to experience classic Japanese tea and Japanese confectioneries in a classic Japanese castle grounds.
Saka Shrine in the Izumo region enshrines a deity of sake brewery, and its origin goes back to the Japanese Mythology. On October 13th, one month ahead to the brewing season, an important ritual takes place here.
What makes this shrine so special is that it is one of the very rare shrines where is allowed to brewer sake. So people related to sake brewery pay a visit hoping they can make good sake for the upcoming season. And there the brewed Sake called Doburoku is served to not only brewers but also visitors. The brewed sake cannot be taken out of the shrine ground, so take a chance and taste this very rare opportunity.
Venue : Saka Shrine
Address : 110 Kozakaicho, Izumo, Shimane [map]
Date : October 13th 2017 ( 10 am ~ 9 pm ) *Kagura performance & Doburoku service 3:30 pm ~
Kiyomizu-dera Tosando is a lighting-up event held at Yasugi Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Yasugi City.
Venue : Kiyomizu-dera Temple [map]
Date : Date : October 14th (Sat.) ~15th (Sun.) 2017 ( 5 pm ~ 8:30 pm )
Access : 10 min by route bus from JR “Yasugi” Station.
Visitors can feel the mysterious atmosphere at a music event held at ‘Konpondo hall’, which is designated as Important Cultural Property.
At Seiryo-tei, a Japanese style inn which is located near the temple, welcomes visitors with Japanese foods. Visitors can enjoy supper seeing a pond reflecting the lights.
This is the only one marathon event which starts off on an active airport runway.
There are various courses to be chosen, Half marathon(20km), 10 km, 4km walking course, 2km wheel chair course, and family friendly course, everyone from children to adult can participate. *Need entry fee
Destination : Hagi-Iwami Airport
Address : 597 i Uchida-cho, Masuda, Shimane [map]
Date : October 15th (Sun.) 2017 *Start at 9 am
Application Period : May 1st ~ July 31st
Although the participant application deadline has passed, you may still drop by on the 15th and watch runners race in a marathon on the runway of Hagi-Iwami Airport.
Matsue Do-gyoretsu Drum Parade takes place on the third Sunday in October every year in the castle town of Matsue. Large Japanese drums called “Do(鼕)” make dynamic sounds through the city accompanied by bamboo flutes and “Changara” cymbals. Each float carry two to three drums that are individually 1.2m~1.8m in diameter. There are 15 to 16 such floats gathering at the Otemae of Matsue Castle around noon on the main festival day and they start drum performance! Then the procession starts at 1:30 p.m. and goes through the castle town of Matsue with lively and soul‐stirring rhythms to Shirakata-tenmangu Shrine.
Venue : Matsue Castle [map] and surrounding area
Date : October 14th (Sat.) ( 7 pm ~ 9 pm ) & 15th (Sun.) (floats gathering at Otemae at 11:45 am then parade staring at 1:30 pm at Matsue Castle to Shirakata-tenmangu Shrine via Matsue Ohashi Bridge) 2017
Access : (Matsue Castle) 15 min by route bus from JR “Matsue” Sta.
Yuushien in Matsue City is a place where you can enjoy Japanese gardens with seasonal colors.
During the autumn color season, beautifully organized gardens and autumn colored leaves are lit up gorgeously.
Period : November 3rd ~ 5th & 11th ~ December 25th 2017 (*except Tuesdays) & January 2nd ~ 8th 2018
Address : 1260-2 Yatsuka-cho Hanyu, Matsue-shi, Shimane [map]
The Japanese love their sake, and with more than 30 breweries in Shimane, trying all the varieties during your short visit is definitely a feat that will leave you feeling it the next morning. But, don’t worry because Shimane also has the cure to help that morning after, If you have ever walked into a convenience store in Japan, you would know that there is a whole section of drinks that are said to be the cure for the aftereffects of alcohol, and if you ever tried one you would know they are not known for their great taste. But, what about something that tastes good and works? Well ask anyone from Shimane and they will tell you, shijimi.
It all starts in the morning before most people wake up. Fisherman head out over Lake Shinji in their small fishing boats with big scoop-like rakes. What are they fishing for? They are fishing for shijimi clams which is one of the seven delicacies of Lake Shinji. The other six include whitebait, eel, shrimp, bass, smelt, and carp, but unlike shijimi clams what can be caught depends on the season. Lake Shinji, where the shijimi clams are harvested, is a brackish water lake. It connects to the Sea of Japan through Lake Nakaumi. With that being said the water in Lake Shinji is more on the fresher side allowing us to have the seven delicacies that we do. What makes the shijimi clams here special is that they are of the variety called yamato shijimi which is distant for its black shells and being larger in size. While they may not be the size of asari clams, our shijimi clams are big enough (up to 5cm) where the meat inside can be eaten. The shijimi clams also do a big part as they act like a natural filter for the lake to help keep it clean and is said to help our body in the same way. The nutrients in shijimi clams are said to help the liver, which helps the body detoxify itself, which is the reason why they says it’s good for fighting hangovers.
Some ways to enjoy shijimi clams include with ramen, pasta, rice, burger (as shown in picture), soup, as a drink, in forms of supplements, and even icecream, but the most traditional way would have to be with miso soup. In Matsue, they are usually served towards the end of the dinner course in the form of miso soup and the same goes for breakfast at home.
Shijimi clams are such hard workers as they help keep our lake clean and also help keep us healthy. It’s no wonder why they are so prized here in Shimane. So, next time you visit Shimane and see small black clams in your soup, you need not worry about the long night ahead. After all, sake from over 30 breweries is a lot to sample. Try it and make sure to take some home for your friends.
Do you love taking photographs?
Ministry of the Environment Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Office Daisen-Oki National Park Office hosts a photo exhibition featuring photographs of Daisen-Oki National Park taken by foreign nationals who live in Japan or international visitors to Japan.
Collected photos will be displayed in five places in DBS Cruise Ferry Terminal, Yonago Airport, Matsue, Saigo Port and Beppu Port later this year! So enter your photos today!
1. Application period
August 1 – August 31st 2017
Pictures taken in the Daisen-Oki National Park or in the background of Daisen-Oki National Park within the last two years.
Area : Mt. Daisen & Hiruzen (including Mt. Mitoku, Mt. Senjo, Kagamiganaru, Mt. Kenashi), Mt. Sanbe, Shimane Peninsula (Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, Kakanokukedo, Mihonoseki, Hinomisaki etc.), Oki Islands
Foreign nationals who live in Japan or international visitors to Japan.
Email the photographs to NCO-YONAGO@env.go.jp with the following information.
1) Name or Nickname
3) Comment (Place where you took the photos, comments such as your feelings at that time etc.)
4) Address (inside Japan – necessary to receive a prize (*The first 30 entries will receive a photographic collection including the National Parks of Japan. Address must be within Japan to receive, prize cannot be posted overseas.))
Digital data greater than 1500 x 2000 pixel (approximately 3 megapixels)
Pictures taken with smartphones and mobile phones are also acceptable.
★Max 3 photos per person.
Ministry of the Environment Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Office [website] (Japanese)
Daisen-Oki National Park Office
TEL : 0859-34-9331
FAX : 0859-34-9330
EMAIL : NCO-YONAGO@env.go.jp
7. Please see the brochures below for more detailed criteria.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, traditional Japanese performance at an old shrine.
Specific to western Shimane, “Iwami Kagura” is a traditional Japanese performance which is performed at local shrines. Being a part of the daily life of locals, the shrines they perform at are not always the most easily accessible for tourists. But with this Iwami Kagura Tour promotion, you are able to watch a traditional Iwami Kagura performance. The tour will take you to Sanku Shrine in Hamada City via private taxi at an affordable price. Participants may also try on costumes and take pictures with the performers! With transportation taken care of, just sit back and relax and enjoy the heart pounding performance.
↓↓ One of the Iwami Kagura performance at Sanku Shrine. ↓↓
Listen what international guests thought about Iwami Kagura here !
A private driver will pick participants up at hotel.
Tours will generally be accompanied by a Japanese-speaking driver.
Admission fee is included. (Participants may also try on costumes and take pictures with the performers)
7:10pm Pick up from your hotel(4 hotels around JR Hamada Station) or JR Hamada Station
7:30pm – 9pm Enjoy Kagura performance at Sanku Shrine
9:30pm Return trip to your hotel or JR Hamada Station
■Tour price : 3,500 JPY (per person, tax included)
■Minimum perticipants : 2 ppl
■Application deadline : one day prior to tour
■Departure : Every Saturday
■Meals : Not included
■Guide : Not included
Iwami Travel Co., Ltd. Hamada Office
63-4, Asai-cho, Hamada City, Shimane, 697-0022
TEL : 0855-23-3131
FAX : 0855-23-4450
Email : email@example.com
For more detailed information regarding the tour, please see the pamphlet below.
JAPAN RAIL PASS
Bored of the city? You can take a side trip to the other side of Japan and see what the coast of the Sea of Japan looks like. Now with your JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use it on the JR busses between Izumo / Hamada and Hiroshima. Visit Shimane, the land shrouded in mythology and considered the birthplace of Japan.
● Download : brochure here JapanRailPass-Shimane.Hiroshima
*No reservations. Seating based off a first come first served basis.
1 Head to designated JR bus stop
2 Show JAPAN RAIL PASS to driver
3 Board bus and get off at destination
JR BUS “MIKOTO” (Izumo – Hiroshima)
SHIMANE: JR Izumo-shi Station
HIROSHIMA: JR Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Exit), Hiroshima Bus Center
Start off in Izumo with Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine and eat some Izumo soba. Then head to the east to Matsue Castle (National Treasure) and try some local craft beer. Follow with a visit to Japan’s #1 Japanese Garden at Adachi Museum of Art. If you plan on staying the night, indulge yourself in the onsen that the gods themselves bathe in at Tamatsukuri Onsen. The summer at the Oki Islands, 50km off the coast of the mainland, is the perfect season to visit scenic spots and take a dip in some of the most secluded waters off the coast.
|HIROSHIMA to IZUMO|
|JR Hiroshima Station
|Hiroshima Bus Center||14:40||15:40||16:55||17:45||19:10|
|JR Izumo-shi Station||17:35||18:27||19:50||20:40||22:05|
|IZUMO to HIROSHIMA|
|JR Izumo-shi Station||6:45||8:30||9:30||10:30||19:00|
|Hiroshima Bus Center||9:40||11:17||12:25||13:25||21:55|
|JR Hiroshima Station
(*Please note that the JAPAN RAIL PASS is only valid with JR trains and JR bus service.)
JR BUS “ISARIBI” (Hamada – Hiroshima)
SHIMANE: JR Hamada Station
HIROSHIMA: JR Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Exit), Hiroshima Bus Center
Start off in Hamada with some good local eats such as Iwami Kagura Meshi and stay till dawn to watch some Iwami Kagura. Head to the east along the coast of the Sea of Japan to the old Iwami Ginzan silver mine shafts (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and then to the world’s biggest hourglass in Nima along its “singing sand beach”. Or you could head west to the museum, Grand Toit which is the combination of the Iwami Art Museum and Iwami Theater. If you head down south from there you will find yourself in “little Kyoto” or Tsuwano, where the streets are still lined with their white plaster walls and canals full of swimming koi.
|HIRSOHIMA to HAMADA|
|JR Hiroshima Station
|Hiroshima Bus Center||7:10||9:35||11:25||14:10||16:35||18:35|
|JR Hamada Station||9:21||11:24||13:36||16:21||18:46||20:46|
|HAMADA to HIROSHIMA|
|JR Hamada Station||6:00||7:45||10:20||12:55||14:45||17:55|
|Hiroshima Bus Center||8:01||9:58||12:33||15:08||16:58||19:46|
|JR Hiroshima Station
(*Please note that the JAPAN RAIL PASS is only valid with JR trains and JR bus service.)
Welcome to Shimane! If you plan on staying in the Matsue and Izumo area for a couple days there is a “perfect ticket” for you. A special promotion on the Perfect Ticket at a new discounted price for foreign tourists will start on May 1st, 2017. The Perfect Ticket gives you free rides on Ichibata trains and buses, also including Matsue city busses for 3 days. This ticket also includes discount privileges at over 30+ tourist spots.
“En-Musubi” Perfect Ticket – discounted price for foreigners
STARTING FROM MAY 1, 2017
●3,000 yen for Adults → 1,000yen
●1,500 yen for Children 15 > → 1,000yen
*must present passport at time of purchase
Ichibata Travel Service (Inside JR Matsue Station) [map] ・ Ichibata Train Station (Matsue Shinjiko Onsen [map], Izumo Taisha-mae [map], Dentetsu Izumo-shi [map]) ・ Izumo Tourist Information Center (Inside JR Izumoshi Station) [map] ・ Izumo En-Musubi Airport Information Counter [map] ・ Yonago Kitaro Airport Information Counter [map] ・ Sakaiminato Tourist Information Center [map]
You will receive a infomation brochure of the ticket written in English / Korean / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese at the ticket office.
On any Ichibata busses and trains within Matsue and Izumo. You can also use it on Matsue City busses and the Matsue Lakeline bus. You can also use it on busses bound to/ from Yonago and Izumo airports.
Airport busses include :
●Izumo En-musubi Airport <–> JR Matsue Station / Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station
●Izumo En-musubi Airport <–> JR Izumoshi Station / Dentetsu Izumoshi Station
●Tamatsukuri Onsen <–> Izumo En-musubi Airport <–> Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine
●Yonago Kitaro Airport <–> JR Matsue Station
(1) Matsue Castle (National Treasure) ・ (2) Matsue History Museum ・ (3) Matsue Horan-enya Memorial Hall ・ (4) Former Samurai Residence (*under renovations till April 2018) ・ (5) Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum ・ (6) Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence ・ (7) The Tanabe Museum of Art ・ (8) Horikawa Sightseeing Boat ・ (9) Meimei-an Tea House ・ (10) Gesshoji Temple ・ (11) Fumon-in ・ (12) Lake Shinji Pleasure Cruise ・ (13) Shimane Art Museum ・(14) Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Hotel Ichibata ・ (15) Shimane Bussan-kan (Shimane Local Products Center) ・ (16) Ichibata Dining ・ (17) Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall ・ (18) Matsue Shinjiko Shijimi Clam Center ・ (19) Yaegaki Shrine ・ (20) Izumo Kanbe no Sato ・ (21) Yuushien Garden ・ (22) Meteor Plaza ・ (23*) Adachi Museum of Art ・ (24) Matsue Vogel Park ・ (25) Kappo Onsen Yurari ・ (26) Shimane Winery ・ (27) Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo ・ (28) Kanko Center Izumo ・ (29) Tezen Museum ・ (30*) Izumo You-Plaza ・ (31) Izumo Folk Crafts Museum ・ (32) Restaurant Camelia (Izumo) ・ (33) Izumo Tamatsukuri Museum
* Note : Outside of this ticket’s coverage. Need to take other transportation.
In association with Time Out TOKYO, we are proud to present our 50 THINGS TO DO IN SHIMANE pamphlets. The pamphlet unfolds to an inside revealing 50 things to do in Shimane while the back side displays a nice map of Shimane.
In association with Timeout TOKYO, we are proud to presend our “50 THINGS TO DO IN SHIMANE” brochures! More details like where to pick up a copy will be up soon (www.kankou-shimane.com/en/)! So how about start planning to visit Shimane on your next holiday? 🙂 . . . . . . #TimeoutTOKYO #50thingstodoinSHIMANE #exploreunfamiliarjapan #japanesefood. . . ….#discover_shimane #sanin_stagram #Shimane #日本 #myunseenjapan #japan_daytime_view #landscape_lovers #島根 #ilovejapan #visitJapan #japantrip #日本旅行 #nature #bestjapanpics #japan_of_insta #traveljapan #japanholiday #写真好きな人と繋がりたい #japon #Japan #ink361_asia #countrylife #local_japan #japanigram #lovers_nippon #japanphoto
While it may be impossible to fit everything into one trip, due to Shimane being a long prefecture, following this guide will ensure a fun and exciting trip throughout the land of “go-en”, Shimane. Head down to the location nearest to you, grab a copy or two, and start your journey!
Some places to grab a copy:
Tokyo Metro Shibuya Station [map] ・ Time Out Café & Diner in Ebisu [map] ・ Haneda Airport International Terminal [map] ・ Hiroshima Bus Center [map] ・ Matsue International Tourist Information Office [map] ・ Shimane Tourist Information Centers
You can also check it out online here !!
Links to other related articles:
HIROSHIMA – MATSUE 500YEN BUS [link]
JR Rail Pass on JR Highway bus between Hiroshima & Izumo/Hamada [link]
Travel around Matsue~Izumo Area with “En-Musubi” Perfect Ticket [link]